Despite a strong first half effort, the Ottawa High School girls basketball team couldn’t hang with Paola in Tuesday’s home game. The Lady Panthers scored 37 second half points to separate themselves in a 52-37 win.

Having nearly comeback from 19 points to win the previous night in Bonner Springs, the Lady Cyclones’ momentum carried over to take an early lead against Paola. Ottawa led 7-2 in the first quarter and 16-15 at halftime. Lauren Curtis opened the third period with a basket-and-one to make it 19-15.

Paola, however, regained the lead midway through the third quarter for good, and went on a 15-4 run that put them up 41-30 in the fourth.

“We made a couple of bad turnovers and had a stretch where we didn’t score and they scored on four or five possessions,” Duane Colwell, OHS head girls basketball coach, said. “But, I was really pleased. The game was a lot closer than the final score. We gave up some wide open shots in the fourth quarter trying to pressure the ball and turn it over.”

Colwell noted his team’s gains on offense, which has put up 90 points in its last two games (45 ppg) compared to its season average of 29 points per game.

“Some of our girls stepped up and played,” he said. “Lauren [Curtis] has come on. She played really good defense on [Brayden Hanf]. Riley [Titus] got in double figures again and she was shooting really good. She was under controll. There really isn’t a lot to complain about. We are playing really well.”

Titus led the Lady Cyclones with 13 points, while Curtis added nine. Paola junior Trinity McDow led all scoreres with 25 points.

Ottawa (2-15) will host Baldwin (15-1) 6 p.m. Thursday in a game originally scheduled for Friday. Games were moved back a day due to incoming weather, according to OHS officials.

Paola (52) - McDow 25, Hanf 12, Ediger 4, Morgan 4, Schindler 3, Bryant 2, Czepcinski 2.

Ottawa (37) - Titus 13, Curtis 9, Ficken 8, Lane 3, Evans 2, Spigle 2.